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Could your iPhone be haunted?
That’s the question that Julian Cavalero, a Spanish vlogger, posed to YouTube a few weeks ago. According to Cosmopolitan U.K., Cavalero posted a video about another man, who bought a new iPhone and noticed a photo was already on the camera roll.
The photo appears to be of a bruised and battered face, which is creepy as hell. Furthermore, when the man tried to open the photo from the thumbnail, it wouldn’t open, and a repairman was too freaked out to help. The logical conclusion: There is definitely a ghost in his phone.
The concept of haunted technology is not new—innovative machines have long been seen as conduits to the spiritual world. At the end of the 19th century, technological advances in film and photography, such as the X-ray, could offer a look into the spirit world. Technology that was meant to cure humanity of skepticism was now encouraging it.
“Most scientific minds came to believe that if ghosts were real and able to reveal themselves, they would do so through these ‘wondrous’ communication technologies,” according to Hauntings and Poltergeists: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.
So, what can be done? The Daily Dot reached out to exorcists and paranormal societies to learn more about getting rid of ghosts in your phone to no avail. However, there’s a lot of advice around the Internet for how to keep your home spiritually clean, and we don’t see why it shouldn’t work for iPhones too.
First, the phone must be cleansed, which can be accomplished by sprinkling it with holy water, burning sage in its presence, and if your beliefs allow, calling upon any gods or spirits to help you. You may also wear a religious talisman, if you have one that’s of significance to you.
From there, you must simply ask the ghost to leave and move on into the spirit world. Encouraging phrases include “You must go now,” “Go to the light,” or “It’s time to move on.” Ghosts can be stubborn, so be firm. But in combination with the cleansing, this should do the trick.
To finish, light a white candle (to represent purity) next to your phone and let it burn through.
Or you could just take your phone back to Apple.
Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'